Wonder (2017)

STEPHEN CHBOSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Hong Kong, 2017.  Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Kalina Ivanov.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Mark Livolsi.  Academy Awards 2017.   A little…

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Allied

BB.5 (out of 5) A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working for the British forces during World War II is sent to Casablanca, where he plays house with a French agent (Marion Cotillard) until they can pull off the assassination of a Nazi bigwig.  They do their jobs but they also give into a mutual attraction that…

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The Conjuring 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The powerhouse team who cleaned out a rural American family’s poltergeist infestation is back at it for another ghostbusting adventure, this time taking them as far as England where an impoverished single mom (Frances O’Connor) and her four children are being terrorized by moving furniture and strange apparitions.  Ed and Lorraine Warren…

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Muppets Most Wanted

BBB (out of 5) The last film put the loveably fuzzy creatures, originally created from the fertile imagination of Jim Henson, back on top of show biz after years of obscurity, so why not indulge in a sequel!  This time the laughs are plentiful and the nostalgia downplayed as Kermit is thrown into the Siberian…

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Spider-Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another comic book superhero finds his way to the big screen in this amiable high-flying adventure. Perpetually adorable Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker, a geeky high-school student with an aptitude for science who is one day bitten by a mutant spider while attending a field trip to Columbia University, and suddenly finds…

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend

BBBB (out of 5) While riding the subway after a day at the office, Matt (Luke Wilson) spots shy brunette beauty Jenny (Uma Thurman) and asks her out on a date that turns into a possible relationship. At first ignoring her occasionally quirky restaurant habits of disappearing to the “bathroom” during impending global disasters, Matt…

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Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

BBBB (out of 5) Since the prevention of Judgment Day happened twelve years earlier, John Connor (now played by Nick Stahl) has had the feeling that his and mother’s attempts to stop the end of the world haven’t been completely successful. In an effort to protect himself, he has made sure to live “off the…

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Enchanted

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince (James Marsden) in the world of Disney animation and goes to marry him the following day. Just before her wedding, however, the prince’s evil stepmother (Susan Sarandon,…

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Source Code

B.5 (out of 5) Jake Gyllenhaal wakes up on a Chicago commuter train with a girl he doesn’t know (Michelle Monaghan) who keeps calling him a name he does not recognize. After a few minutes, the train blows up because of a bomb, but instead of dying Gyllenhaal ends up in an alternate reality as a…

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The Evening Star

BBB (out of 5) Although there are some high points in this sequel to 1983’s Oscar winning Terms Of Endearment, the elements of the original that didn’t survive to the sequel are sorely missing.  Shirley MacLaine is once again Texas matriarch Aurora Greenway who, following the death of her daughter Emma, has raised her three grandchildren with…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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